Are you worried about your broken, decayed, or missing teeth? Do you suffer from irritating oral discomfort that prevents you from living a full life? If so, dental crowns may be the right solution for your concerns. At TruCare Dental in Garland, Texas, we understand that impaired teeth can ruin both your smile and confidence. With our advanced technology, we provide dental crowns that are durable and more natural-looking than before.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that have multiple uses. They are fabricated from ceramic, porcelain, composite resins, or even stainless steel. Each type of crown serves different purposes and provides additional strength and support. With proper care and hygiene, crowns can last for several decades.
When Is a Dental Crown Needed?
Dental crowns are both cosmetic and restorative appliances. They improve the functionality and appearance of your smile. Crowns are often applied to molars, but front-tooth crowns are also available. Here are a few reasons you might need a dental crown:
- Protect a tooth that is weakened by tooth decay and cavities
- Reinstate a tooth that is cracked or chipped
- Support or conceal a tooth that is damaged
- Anchor a dental bridge in position
- Improve the tooth’s color or shape
- Cover a dental implant
- Restore a filling
- Protect a tooth after root canals
- Close in the gaps
What to Expect With Dental Crowns?
During your first visit, Dr. Truc Le will take X-rays of your teeth to examine the bone and root of the damaged tooth to determine if any decay or infection is present. The infection or decay will be addressed first before crown placement. To begin the procedure, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. Then the tooth is resized to make room for the new restoration. Impressions of the prepared tooth are captured and sent to our lab to fabricate the new crown. We will take care to match your restoration with your existing teeth. Meanwhile, we will fit a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.
The dental crown will be secured during your second visit, replacing the temporary crown. It will be checked for correct fit and bite before attaching it using dental adhesives.
Dental Crown Aftercare
Once the crown is in place, follow proper dental hygiene. While a crown restores a tooth and safeguards it against wear and tear, no tooth is indestructible. However, a quality crown can last almost a decade with efficient care. In addition, be careful and avoid damaging the dental crown with behaviors like jaw clenching and eating hard, crunchy foods.
At TruCare Dental, we provide dental solutions to improve your oral health while transforming smiles. Please contact us to make an appointment.